We all know that passwords hold the key to sensitive information including documents, financial data and other personal information that you would not want anybody else to have access to, so why do people continue to use weak or easily guessed passwords to “protect” their sensitive information?
One possible reason for people choosing weak password protection is that sometimes they are easy to remember, for example bank pin codes such as “1,2,3,4” will not be hard for a criminal to work out if they clone or steal your card, in fact it would probably be the first attempt they make to access your finances.
Quite recently leading search engine Yahoo featured an article showing two seperate lists of 25 passwords that are commonly used and that have also fallen victim to being hacked. They included the below;
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
All the above will not take long for a criminal to work out or at least try, other improtant tips are not to use personal passwords such as family names, pets, date of birth etc style passwords, again anybody who knows you that may want to attempt to get access could easily know this type of information or even to a complete stranger who potentially picks up your wallet this information could be given away in forms of ID, photos etc
In the current financial climate more people are turning to crime than ever before, lots of people out of desperation so it is wise to be on your guard at all times and ensure that your sensitive information, finances and anything else personal to you remains safe.
Insight offer a full range of private security services that can help you ensure you and your families protection is maximised, please visit https://www.investigate.uk/private-security for more information.
Stay safe this festive season!